Brooklynsway is seeking her second career graded win in Sunday's Groupie Doll Stakes (G3)

Brooklynsway is seeking her second career graded win in Sunday's Groupie Doll Stakes (G3)

Rick Samuels

Brooklynsway Out to Regain Form in Groupie Doll

Walkabout only other graded stakes winner in 12-horse field.

If the 5-year-old mare Brooklynsway runs to her best form, Ellis Park's $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (G3) on Aug. 13 goes through the daughter of Giant Gizmo .

Her earnings of $722,597 dwarfs her 11 other competitors in the one-mile test for fillies and mares. Her six wins have all come in stakes, including Keeneland's Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) last year in which she defeated multiple grade 1 winner I'm a Chatterbox. Her body of triple-digit speed figures are tops.

Then there are her last two starts, a 19 1/2-length drubbing in the July 7 Iowa Distaff Stakes that marked her first race in almost a year after undergoing ankle surgery. Trainer Bernie Flint wheeled Brooklynsway back eight days later in the $100,000 Mari Hulman George Stakes at Indiana Grand Course, in which she pushed the pace before tiring to fifth in a race won by Groupie Doll entrant Tiger Moth.

It was a marked difference from the 2016 Mari Hulman George, which Brooklynsway won by 8 1/2 lengths before being sidelined with the bone chip. If the dark bay mare can recover that form, however, Flint is confident Naveed Chowhan's Ontario-bred will have another graded win on her resume come Sunday evening.

"They go to the farm, they get relaxed, you bring them in and you work them a couple of times and they work nicely," Flint said. "But you don't want to hammer on them because they're coming back. She had ankle surgery, and she threw a clunker. I wasn't going to run in Indiana, but she came back out of that race so well. She didn't get anything out of that race, it was just a poor work. If she'd gotten anything out of the first race, she'd have run much better at Indiana.

"I knew we were playing with fire, because she was off a very long time. But she came back good. We got her back here, went all over her and she was fine. You just get a lot of cobwebs in a year."

Brooklynsway is part of a well-matched field of a dozen fillies and mares that features John Gunther's homebred Tiger Moth as the tepid 7-2 morning-line favorite.

Tiger Moth's win in the Mari Hulman last time out halted a four-race losing skid and gave the daughter of Street Sense  her first stakes triumph. She has knocked heads with some divisional stalwarts this year, finishing fourth to champion Stellar Wind in the April 14 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen is running Winchell Thoroughbreds' Adore, who figures to be part of the pace, and Iowa Distaff winner Danzatrice, who should be kicking in late for Gainsway Stable . 

Janis Whitham's homebred Walkabout, winner of the Matron Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs this spring, is one of two graded stakes winners in the field, along with Brooklynsway.

Entries: Groupie Doll S. (G3)

Ellis Park, Sunday, August 13, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade III
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:10 PM (local)
11Put Da Blame On Me (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJames Graham120Michael A. Tomlinson8/1
22She Takes Heart (KY)Channing Hill120Edgar A. Estevez30/1
33She Mabee Wild (IN)Jon Kenton Court120Mark Danner15/1
44Hone In (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel Mena120Victoria H. Oliver30/1
55Adore (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGabriel Saez120Steven M. Asmussen12/1
66Cced (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.120Brendan P. Walsh12/1
77Danzatrice (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan120Steven M. Asmussen4/1
88Tiger Moth (KY)Corey J. Lanerie120Brad H. Cox7/2
99Walkabout (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.122Ian R. Wilkes5/1
1010Pinch Hit (KY)Fernando De La Cruz115Brad H. Cox12/1
1111Student Body (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSophie Doyle115Christopher Davis10/1
1212Brooklynsway (ON)Calvin H. Borel120Bernard S. Flint8/1